/// Apple’s Cook, Google’s Schmidt and Intel’s Otellini to Be Questioned Over No-Poaching Pact
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Intel CEO Paul Otellini will give depositions in the Silicon Valley no-poaching case, whether they like it or not. During a Thursday hearing, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ordered the trio to submit separately to four hours of questioning over the unwritten pacts their companies allegedly entered into not to actively recruit one another’s employees. At issue here is a civil suit brought against Apple, Google, Intel and others that mirrors similar litigation brought by the U.S. Justice Department. The government case, which accused the three companies — along with Intuit, Pixar and Genentech — of collusive restraint of trade, was settled in 2010 . But a civil case was subsequently brought against the players by a handful of employees who claim their income was unfairly reduced by the agreements. And Koh is currently considering whether or not to grant it class status. Attorneys for the plaintiffs estimate that damages in the case could potentially rise as high as hundreds of millions of dollars, and they have some particularly juicy evidence with which to do battle.